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Living Violet by Jaime Reed
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Jan 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-debut-author-challenge
Read in January, 2012

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The premise of this book is interesting, and it plays out nicely. Although we never really find out why Samara is immune to Caleb's charm and attraction, she vacillates between trusting and being completely suspicious of him very convincingly. I like the added detail of Samara being biracial and the way it subtly plays into the main plot and ties in.

The whole cast of characters is very interesting, and I like how each one has his/her own distinct personality. I loved Samara's tone right from the start, and as each character entered, their tones matched their personalities perfectly. I especially like how the book doesn't explore only Samara and Caleb's romantic relationship, but also friendship and a very different kind of romantic relationship with Mia and Dougie.

I really like the way the book ends - that twist came from nowhere, and the way Samara deals with it is great. And the sample chapter from Burning Emerald made me curious to see how the romance will progress based on this new twist!
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